Ermenburga (fl. Late 600s).

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Ermenburga (fl. Late 600s).

Queen of Mercia. Name variations: Eormenburga. Dau. of Queen Emma (fl. 600s); m. Merowald or Merwald, king of Mercia; sister of saints Ethered, Ethelbright, and Ermenbert; children: daughters Saint Milburg (d. 722?); Saint Mildred (d. 700?); Mildgyth or Mildgithe; son Mervin or Mervyn.

Was given "48 ploughs of land" as weregild (guilt money) by her uncle King Egbert who had had her brothers killed; devoted the land to the founding of a monastery, called Menstrey or Minstre, situated in the Isle of Thanet; sent daughter Mildred to Abbey of Chelles in France, where Mildred took the veil then returned to England as 1st abbess of her mother's newly founded monastery.

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